24/7: Late Capitalism And The Ends Of Sleep
24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep
24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep explores some of the ruinous consequences of the expanding non-stop processes of twenty-first-century capitalism. The marketplace now operates through every hour of the clock, pushing us into constant activity and eroding forms of community and political expression, damaging the fabric of everyday life.
Jonathan Crary examines how this interminable non-time blurs any separation between an intensified, ubiquitous consumerism and emerging strategies of control and surveillance. He describes the ongoing management of individual attentiveness and the impairment of perception within the compulsory routines of contemporary technological culture. At the same time, he shows that human sleep, as a restorative withdrawal that is intrinsically incompatible with 24/7 capitalism, points to other more formidable and collective refusals of world-destroying patterns of growth and accumulation.
“A fascinating short book.”
—New York Times Magazine
“A dark, brilliant book”
—Michael Hardt, Artforum
“A polemic as finely concentrated as a line of pure cocaine.”
—Los Angeles Review of Books
“A humane & bracingly splenetic counterblast.”
—Steven Poole, New Statesman
“24/7 is the capstone of Crary’s archeology of the spectacle and arguably the most significant of the lot. It’s informed by the erudition of one of the...